Research of Cargo UAV for civil transportation

Kakuya Iwata


Our Cargo unmanned air vehicle (CARGO UAV) research had been started from 2004 in AIST.  First flight of the CARGO UAV prototype was successfully achieved on November 22, 2005.  The CARGO UAV prototype consists of flexible wing, twin micro turbo jet engine and a pendulum gravity center control unit.  It has touchable safety (without any propellers or rotors), low stall speed less than 30km/h and silent turbojet engines for the thrust generator. These safety properties lead CARGO UAV possible to access to our living place. The CARGO UAV will be promising for civil logistics when the air road network for CARGO UAV is constructed for the future.


Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Aeronautics, Unmanned Aeronautic system engineering, Aerial Robotics

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